October 05, 2015.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m shallow. I picked this book up purely for the cover. Enlarge the cover and look at the details and tell me you don’t love it, too!  :)  Add frost giants and Norse mythology, and I’m hooked.



Title: Frost

Author: E. Latimer

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Patchwork Press via NetGalley

Release date: August 2015

Pages: 468


Rating: ★★★½☆ 



Megan Walker’s touch has turned to ice. She can’t stop the frost, and the consequences of her first kiss are horrifying.


When her new powers attract attention, Megan finds herself caught up in an ancient war between Norse giants. One side fuelled by a mad queen’s obsession and an ancient prophecy about Ragnarök, the other by an age-old grudge. Both sides believe Megan to be something she’s not. Both sides will stop at nothing to have her.


Fire or frost. It’s an impossible decision, but she’ll have to act soon, because the storm is coming.



Megan thought she was a normal girl until she accidently froze a guy with her kiss. Running away from her problems lands her in the frozen north of Canada. On her first day of school, she meets up with other girls so like herself that they could be related. If that isn’t strange enough, they all disappear on the same night. Not one to go quietly, Megan escapes her attackers, but soon finds herself caught between the two warring fractions of fire and ice. Megan must dig deeper in the mystery—and herself—and decide who to trust before all-out war destroys them all.


I have to admit, the beginning of the book dragged on a bit, nothing really happening for the first few chapters. Things only became interesting when Megan found herself kidnapped—twice—in one night. The world building began to take shape, and I was finally pulled into the story. I enjoyed the setting (I mean, ice palace anyone?) and the Norse mythology. The theory of genetic memory was fascinating. Unfortunately, Megan seemed very two dimensional. I wanted her to be more kick-ass, more in charge, but it never happened. Loki and Erik were both interesting characters, but the love triangle between the three of them never really worked for me. While there was some chemistry, I didn’t really feel any I’m-falling-in-love-with-you passion between the characters. Overall, I enjoyed the story, the concept was interesting enough for me to keep reading, I just wanted a bit more action and grittiness.


October 03, 2015.


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Fall is here with a vengeance. The last three days, I’ve woken up to 61 degrees in the house. It’s official, I’m a wimp. I turned on the heat. Though Hubby grumbled that it was too early, he let me have my way. Smart man! *wink*


My vow to stay away from Amazon this week was an epic fail.
Once again, I got sucked in by the lovely sales. :) What I purchased this week:


All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. *squee*


I found one book in NetGalley that I just couldn’t pass up. Monsters, pirates and monster trainers, how could I resist? I hope it lives up to the awesome blurb:


I did grab a few free books as well:


I managed to pick up a little bit of everything this week—from zombies to contemporary romance to paranormal. What books did you get this week? Have you read any of these?


September 26, 2015.


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

What I purchased last week:

All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99 with the exception of one that came in at $2.99 (Earth’s Requiem). It’s been on my wishlist for a while, so I picked it up.

Series of the week that I picked up in print:

I have to read series in order, so when I picked up book four in a store, I needed to buy books, 1-3, right? :)
Some free books that I picked up in the last week…


I managed to show some restraint on the free books, but not much else. I’m going to have to ban myself from ordering next week. What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

September 24, 2015.

So the dog loves to go out hunting for frogs, toads and all assortment of creepy-crawlies at night. This is the second time he’s run across one of these critters…

Salamander 9-24-15


I haven’t seen one of these beasts in years, then two show up in the last week. Very strange. It’s hilarious watching the dog when he gets too close. The critter hunches up and smacks the dog across the nose with his tail. After a couple of good smacks, I rescued the critter…er…dog? As far as I know, no frogs, toads or salamanders have been injured in any of his hunts. Have you ever seen a dog lick a toad? Apparently, they must not taste very good. I think if he could scrape off his tongue, he would’ve. Ha!



On a side note: Amazon is offering a sale on Amazon Prime tomorrow…September 25. So if this is something that you think you might use, make sure you sign up tomorrow!


September 23, 2015.



So I purchased the above muffins to bring to work. I put them out late at night so I wouldn’t forget. I shoved them way back on the counter so they wouldn’t be easily spotted.


And when I woke up in the morning, two of the muffins were missing! It reminds me of the Scottish folklore about little creatures call Brownies. Brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts of food. (Dobby in Harry Potter, anyone?)


So I have a Brownie! Only, the house was just as messy as when I went to bed. *hmmmm* So if I have missing snacks and no Brownie, that can only mean one thing…the dog is a genius! He learned how to open the plastic container, ate a muffins, then shut it after him. Hubby must have seen him steal the first one and copied him, right? Is that your story, hubby? *snort*


September 19, 2015.


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I did a bad thing…I went to NetGally. *sigh* I picked up one of these books just for the cover alone, so I hope I don’t get burned.


Since I was forced to go shopping, I picked up a few physical books as well. (Okay, so I picked these books up over the last month, then completely forgot about them.):


It wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t pick up a few digital sales, so here are a few of them as well:


And you guessed it, all of these books were on sale for $0.99! Well, Gena Showalter’s set was $2.99, but still a spanking good deal!


Here are some of the free books that I picked up this week that are still free:


Yup, you guessed it, no restraint this week as well. I’m still editing my book, so I think my problem is that I really miss reading. My brain translates that into I must buy more books. *snort* So, how about you? Have you read any of these? What did you get this week?


September 17, 2015.

The cover really caught my attention. I love both dystopian and young adult, so my interest was peaked. After reading the blurb, I knew I had to grab a copy.



Title: The New World

Author: Holly Brasher

Genre: Dystopian YA

Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital via NetGalley

Release date: August 2015

Pages: 133


Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 


Mother Nature is pissed.
Few will survive.

Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.


Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.


Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?



Jackie has been looking forward to her last year at summer camp, but things quickly fall apart when a new kid arrives…Xander. Sparks fly between the two, but not in a good way. Disaster strikes on their first night out on a week-long backpacking trip when mother nature decides to take the world back. Jackie and Xander soon discover that they’re one of the few people to survive. Desperate to get back to their families, both decide to travel together across country, where they encounter mythical creatures and odd fairytale settings taken straight from wonderland.


The two main characters have a huge case of hate at first sight. After the world ends, they spend months alone and I didn’t feel any romantic connection between them, both coming off as bratty teenagers that just kind of end up with each other. So disappointing. Despite facing life and death choices, both kids are very one dimensional. A number of plot issues kept tripping me up. For example, Jackie learns how to survive out in the wilderness after one day of training. The book began interestingly enough, but the preachy attitude of how we’re destroying the earth really got to me after a while. But what really put me over the top is one of the main characters, who saves their lives repeatedly, dies and they laugh it off. Not for me.


It sounds like I hate the book, but I did enjoy some parts. The fantasy aspect, while not very believable, was unique and entertaining if a little too convenient at times. Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I was expecting a gritty dystopian novel and found myself disappointed.


September 12, 2015.


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Umm, so, yeah, I fell off the bandwagon big time this week. *sigh* Four of them were sitting on my Wish List for a while, so I had to snatch them up. At lease they were all cheap, right?


What I purchased last week:


All of these books were $0.99.


Here are some free reads that I picked up for the week:


I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?


September 05, 2015.


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I was really good about not buying books this week…until yesterday, then I lost my will power. *sigh* I found two books to finish off my series and one or two others that caught my interest. :)


I read two books this week, so I had to replace them, right?


What I purchased last week:


All of these books were $1.99 or $0.99 at the time of order, except The Lost Prince, coming in at $2.99.


I also found a few free books to keep me busy…


I’m excited to start reading! What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?


September 01, 2015.

I’ve been reading the Jessica McClain series from the beginning. The writing is top-notch, the characters kick-ass, so when I saw book five was just released, I quickly grabbed a copy. Aren’t the covers gorgeous?!



Title: Pure Blooded (Jessica McClain Book 5) 

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Hachette Book Group/Orbit via NetGalley

Release date: June 2015

Pages: 314


Rating: ★★★½☆ 


Nowhere left to run.


Back from Hell, Jessica arrives to find her world thrown into chaos. Her father is fighting a losing battle against the Made wolves, and when Jessica and her crew rush to his aid, they discover the war is not as straightforward as it seems. Something larger is on the hunt, something ancient and powerful that won’t rest until Jessica is dead. Now Jessica’s plan of attack must change — but how can she defeat someone who can predict her every move?



Jessica returns from Hell, spending some well-deserved time off with Rourke, her main squeeze. *Yum* But the real world cuts their vacation short. Rabid wolves have migrated south, spreading chaos in their wake. Her father gives pursuit, determined to rid them from the world, but soon discovers that things are not quite what they seem. Members of the pack start to disappear, and Jessica fears her father might be next. When she rushes to his side, she falls into a carefully set trap and is ripped away from her pack. If she fails to discover the truth, she’ll lose everything she holds dear…her father, her pack, her love, not to mention her very life.


I love that the book takes off with a bang, with tons of action and adventure to suck me into the story. Unfortunately, the pacing seems a little off during the whole book. While I found the world building fascinating, the story soon becomes bogged down — with too much internal contemplation, too little time with her pack (I wanted more Rourke!), and too much explanation — to keep up with the promising beginning. Jessica seems to take a back role in her own story, following step-by-step directions to get herself out of trouble. By half way through the book, I figured out what bothered me most…the mystery was solved before we reached the end. I kept waiting for the next big problem, but the ending just petered out, the last few chapters used to set-up the next book. What could’ve been a fascinating story ended up getting buried. So, while I love this series, this book suffers from the dreaded middle book slump. I found myself more interested in the last few chapters than the first half of the book. That being said, I can’t wait to see what’s in store next for Jessica and her pack.


Previous books in the series: